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Another year over

Another year over
Snr Sgt Alex OToole

As 2021 draws to a close we can reflect on what has been another very challenging year due to COVID-19.

The pandemic has had a significant impact on the businesses and residents of Southbank. It is wonderful to see the businesses reopening and life getting back to how it was pre-pandemic (with the exception of masks and social distancing).

The lifting of the curfew and travel distance restrictions has seen an increase in crime in the CBD, as well as Southbank.

Motorbikes and scooters are being stolen predominantly off the street when left locked on footpaths. Parking motorbikes inside residential building carparks may take a little longer but will reduce the chances of the motorbike being stolen, follow these tips to avoid motorcycle theft:

  • Park in a locked garage
  • Use parking infrastructure or anchorage points where available
  • Secure the handles with a steering lock
  • Use a manual locking device such as an alarmed disc lock, D-lock or chain and padlock
  • Ensure your bicycle, motorcycle or scooter is identifiable.
  • Engrave the letter “V” (for Victoria) followed by your driver’s licence number on the frame

Mail theft has also increased during the past two months, predominantly in apartment buildings.

To prevent becoming a victim to mail theft, please consider the following crime prevention security tips:

  • Clear the mail daily
  • Make sure your mailbox is large enough for the mail to be dropped into a secure section and do not allow letters to be overflowing
  • Have mail held at the Post Office or collected by a friend when away for extended periods
  • Dispose of unwanted mail in a way that no one else can make use of it i.e. shredding Consider using Australia Post’s free 24/7 Parcel Locker service for secure storage of parcels

If you notice suspicious behaviour in your residential building call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to make a report. If you require police attendance, call 000.

This month Southbank farewelled our longest serving employee – administration clerk Wayne Parkinson turned 70 during late November and has made the decision to retire.

Wayne began working at St Kilda Road Police Station (now Southbank Police Station) on August 22, 1994. He has served Victoria Police and the community for 27 years.

We thank Wayne for his service and wish him all the best for his retirement.

Senior Sergeant Jay McDonald and I, as well as all the members at Southbank Police Station, wish the Southbank community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Please be safe and enjoy the festive season •

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